Wow, seems like since we returned from our Thanksgiving trip, time has been moving lightening fast for me. I trimmed the tree two weeks ago, and decorated my little casa into the whimsical and magical place that I love. I can't tell you how much fun and how excited I get when Halloween is finally over! As soon as that holiday is overwith, I pull out all my Christmas CD's and listen to them at home, in my Jeep, and anywhere else I can get away with!
Ever since I can remember, I was born with a Christmas carol playing in my head. Some of my fondest memories I have is when my brother, sister and I would visit " Big Grandma's" and we would practice singing carols in her bathtub and would use the shower drape as stage curtains! After practicing, and cheering eachother on, along with my Aunt Peggy, we would all march on over to the huge brick fireplace and one of us would announce that we were about to put on a Christmas Show for you and to please take a seat to listen. Of course, we probably sounded terrible, however with the overwhelming applause we received you would have thought that we were apart of The Vienna Boys Choir! Those were definately the good ol' days that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Back in those days, home life was certainly not a bowl of cherries but somehow I can still picture how beautiful mom decorated the house, listening to mom play all her Andy Williams Christmas albums, and watching , helping and eating her traditional Mexican dish called tamales on Christmas morning.
I now create a much different mood and setting in my home for the holidays, much more happy and magical. There are always children playing, crafting, reading, singing, sharing, helping and most importantly learning about life and never having to feel any kind of shame or hurt when they make mistakes. That's one very important value and virtue I've learned and hold very close to my heart. What a beautiful gift that is to give to a child or another human being, isn't it?
I have Jesus to thank for allowing myself to be granted that kind of peace. Every opportunity I come upon, I aspire to do just that. We can see regret in eachother's eyes and in their voices too. So, as we celebrate the birth of Christ, let's try our best to give grace when it is earnestly asked for. Thank you kindly for stopping in for a visit and I do hope you enjoy visiting my casa at Christmastime.
This antique bookcase is always so much fun to create a vignette with. Every year I try to do something different from the last.
Inside Santa's sleigh are vintage bead garlands and vintage card boxes also.
This Japanese made ornament angel is one of my favorites. I also have a white one too. I actually found the pink angel at a local church sale for a dollar and found the white one on ebay and paid $15.00 for two! I can also remember seeing these little cuties on my childhood tree too!